|Claret Cup Hedgehog Cactus|
|In the foothills again|
|Ocotillo budding out|
|When fully bloomed they're among the most beautiful desert flowers|
|Mustard flowers blooming all over the desert floor|
|Velvety Nerisyrenia (mustard family)|
|Pause for the cause|
|The center segments of this Hedgehog are a foot-and-a-half tall|
|Tortugas (left) and the Organ Mountains|
|Mormon Tea (Ephedra)|
|Claret Cup and Yucca buddy|
|The camouflage is what concerns you|
|An adolescent Western Diamondback Rattlesnake|
|Across the desert to the Organ Mountains|
|The dessicated remnants of a millipede|
|Haven't been able to ID this yet|
|Closeup of its flowers|
|Every spring a mama White-winged Dove builds a nest in our backyard|
|Now I have to worry until the babies leave the nest|
Lots of interesting things to see on your blog today, Packrat. I'm sure you'll start worrying about that mama dove until the chicks are out of the nest.
Though I don't live out West, Kali and I have done quite a bit of hiking in the West's wildlands. We have never seen a rattlesnake during our walks west of the Mississippi, but we have seen them curled up in rocky crevasses along the Appalachian Trail here in Pennsylvania.
That plant with the beautiful dusky rose-colored flowers looks too succulent to occur in the desert; I'll bet it doesn't last long.
That's a pretty interesting rattler story, Scott. I never once saw a rattlesnake back East. Still haven't been able to ID that plant to which you refer.
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